Donald Trump does not like Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel as the viral photo of her leaning across the desk over a seated POTUS, his arms crossed shows. Monday, the chancellor formally congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris after a personal call over the weekend. She pointed ignored mentioning Trump as she expressed her enthusiasm for working with the US on the world stage.
Instead, she announced that Germany would stand “side by side” with the new President-Elect Joe Biden on world issues. She called Germany’s and America’s friendship “an irreplaceable shared treasure.” And of course, the two countries became strong allies following World War II, when the US help rebuild the destroyed country.
Germany’s chancellor was enthusiastic about the changing of the guard in the US, DW/Deutsche Welle (German Wave) reported:
‘Congratulations! The American people have made their decision. Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America.
‘I sincerely wish him the best of luck and every success and I would also like to congratulate Kamala Harris, the first female vice president-elect in the history of your country. I look forward to working with President Biden. Our trans-Atlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to deal with the major challenges of our time.’
Merkel said of Biden
‘[Biden] has a great deal of experience with German and Europe. The friendship of our two countries has stood the test of time.’
Merkel mentioned working together on the coronavirus pandemic:
‘[Trans-Atlantic ties with the US are a] treasure that we must preserve. [Both Germany and Europe must] take on more responsibility [in relationship with US. Germany will stand side by side with the US [on tackling] the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and global terrorism.’
Then, the chancellor turned to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris:
‘[Harris is an] inspiration [and symbol] of what is possible in America.’
The idea that Merkel dedicated a significant portion of her remarks to congratulating Kamala Harris, the first woman and first person of color to hold the role of US vice president was touching.
Merkel also pointed out the historical meaning attributed to Monday November 9, the anniversary of the Nazi’s 1938 massacre of Jews and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. She said:
‘America played in the darkest and brightest chapters in Germany’s history.’
Deutche Welle’s Chief Political Correspondent Melinda Crane said it was no mistake:
‘[Merkel] linked those examples of tyranny to the healing role that America had played.’
Crane remarked on Merkel’s speech:
‘It was a] resounding affirmation of what she hopes will be possible with this new administration. The chancellor tends to be very measured and restrained, but that was a downright emotional speech [particularly] in the part where she talked about the treasure of trans-Atlantic relations.’
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